Editor’s Note: A Matter Of Time
An introduction to Super Empty 1
I didn’t pick the release date of Super Empty’s digital magazine to coincide with new music, major festivals, or really anything on the music calendar at all. I picked it based on when I thought I could get the thing done. And because Issue 1 on September 1 is just cool. In that way, this issue just goes to show that there’s only one thing better than being prepared: being lucky.
As it so happened, the date I picked fell right in the midst of a flurry of high-quality releases, from ZenSoFly, to P.A.T. Junior, to Well$, to Young Bull, to Sinopsis. There was ultimately so much new music that I had to cut a major feature that was slated to be included in this issue — I simply didn’t have time to review all that music and get the feature done. That being said, I have no regrets about the content of this issue. This is the best crop of releases to come out at once in a long time from North Carolina, and it will likely be a long time before we see another 2–3 week period like it. Within the six pieces featured in this issue, all of the aforementioned albums are explored, some of them more in depth than others — particularly those of Well$, P.A.T. Junior, and Sinopsis.
But new music releases aren’t the only thing that makes the timing of Super Empty 1 special. In a week, Hopscotch Music Festival takes over the streets of Raleigh, and this year’s lineup might be the fest’s biggest nod to local hip-hop ever. The upstart Raleigh label Youthful Records splits the opening two nights with ZenSoFly on Thursday and Jodi opening for Kooley High on Friday night, and NANCE, Ace Henderson and Well$ enjoy a packed night of hip-hop camaraderie at Deep South on Thursday.
Just one week later, the inaugural Beats ’N’ Bars Festival debuts in Durham at The Vault and The Pinhook over the course of two days. Hopscotch performers Well$ and Kooley High will figure into the proceedings there as well, along with a slew of other rappers like Kaze, K-Hill, P.A.T. Junior and Sean Kyd.
Add to all of this the signing of Snow Hill/Raleigh’s own Rapsody to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, and North Carolina has had itself a month, to say the least.
The Little Brother fanatic in me may not like to hear it, but this really is the best time ever to be a hip-hop fan, artist or critic in North Carolina. Though we lack a unified, dominating creative presence as once existed with the Justus League, what we do have now is the Internet, and artists far and wide are using it to perfect their craft, make themselves known, and forge unlikely bonds with other artists across geographic and genre divides. North Carolina still lacks a stable of talent akin to the genius of Little Brother. But at this rate, that’s only a matter of time.
I hope you enjoy this first ever issue of Super Empty in its new “digital magazine” form. Please leave any comments you have below the stories — this is just the start of the conversation. We’ll publish Letters To The Editor in future editions. Lastly, much love to the RUNAWAY team, Tommy Coyote, and others who have made this possible.